King Abdullah Economic City launches private car rental service

Part of King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 16 October 2018

King Abdullah Economic City launches private car rental service

JEDDAH: King Abdullah Economic City has launched the iDrive, a first-of-its-kind vehicle network in Saudi Arabia.
The new service will provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to rent cars through a special application, via smart devices, closest to their location.
“The service will enhance the city’s economic attractiveness and ease of movement, and will contribute to saving money, time and waiting times for public transport,” said Shadi bin Mohammed Ghumari, CEO of development and civil services at the economic city.
He said the service comes within the efforts of the economic city’s development of the public transport system, that embodies the Al-Haramain train, public transport service to and from Jeddah, highway networks associated with the Economic City, and the city’s transportation service.
Ghumari explained that the iDrive service is available in two tariffs; “Go” and “Super Go.”
No membership fee is required and fare charges start at SR5.
The price of the fare starts at less than 50 halalas per minute during the first 6 hours, then 0.0166 halalah per minute during the next six hours. It is then free for the rest of the day with a maximum distance of 200 kilometers.
He added that the “Super” plan offers more user features and comes with a membership fee of SR30 per month.
Ghumari said, as with the “Go” plan, the fare fee starts at SR5, however, with the upgraded plan, the fare starts from 0.3666 halala per minute during the first 6 hours of the trip, then 0.0166 halala per minute during the next six hours,
It is then free for the rest of the day with a maximum distance of 300 kilometers.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.